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DeviantArtists Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 14, 2015, 10:24 AM

Ahh self indulgence. 

1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
From November 2006, so nearly 9 years at the time of writing.
2. What does your username mean?
Psh, no idea. Back in 2005-2006 my online screen names varied every week it seemed. I was studying chemistry at the time and wanted a science-y name so picked and started to run with Xenon. But that is not an uncommon name as such, so when signing up for dA, I had to stick something on the end, hence XenonRay. Admittedly I don't like it anymore. Try saying it in real life, especially in the American pronouciation of Xenon (zeenon). Doesn't work. But it's hard to come up with something new.

3. Describe yourself in three words.
Dreamer, thoughtful, realist. Two of those contradict a bit. Idealism without blindness...I dunno.

4. Are you left or right handed?

5. What was your first deviation?
Apparently this: 
Poe Collector by XenonRay
But I know I had older work. There's plenty of my old pencil work that used to be here. At one point in my dA prehistory I deleted a lot of my old gallery. Even today I have 38 pictures in storage. Old crappy stuff that embarrasses me now.

6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
Digital, as while using a tablet can feel "like drawing wearing thick gloves", with sufficient time I can do more in Photoshop than I ever could just on paper. More specifically, portraits and character artwork.

7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
I'd like to make another leap towards realistic faces. Or figure out landscapes/perspective.

8. What was your first favourite?
LoZ: Link and Midna by 13W
Probably on the obsession with the then-upcoming Twilight Princess.

9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Fanart of favourite characters, grimy military things, slightly dark fantasy, Elder Scrolls universe, Mass Effect universe (less these days), Zelda universe. 

10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
Awkward! Based on my favourites, I frequently enjoy art from JesusFood, yagaminoue and MikeDoscher
No doubt many others!

11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
Creepy stalker time! But maybe DaiShiHUN, studioofmm and Lorcan0c 
Long term supporters, collaborators and/or papercrafters. 

12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
The friendly papercrafting arms race and Mass Effect model series of DaiShiHUN has kept me striving to improve my papercraft skills. Likewise with a few other crafters.

13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
Wacom A5 Bamboo tablet, Photoshop CS3 or something oldish, mechanical HB pencil.

14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Art is almost always done at my desk. Sorry that's not very exciting.

15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
I enjoyed (kinda) the times I opened up for requests on the forums. Somewhat stressful and lots of polite declines but it's nice to make things for other people. Also working in collaboration with studioofmm and squeezycheesecake to produce both an Imp and Twili Midna papercrafts. The former got a Daily Deviation out of some of her pics. ;) 

All Glory to the Hypnotoad by Barbiesocks Zoidberg Stamp by XenonRay Give a llama, get a llama by AskGooroo Yes-Man Stamp by artemispanthar .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot Stamp::Bioshock:Infinite: by Rayne-Is-Butts

  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: YouTube playlist
  • Playing: Grim Fandango Remastered
  • Drinking: Diet Coke


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Chris Gilman
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United Kingdom
About Me:
Petroleum geologist and artistic dabbler from the north west of England and currently working in Wales.

I'm fascinated with historical military designs, particularly from about 1800-1920 and all the related themes that go with them. The Napoleonic and colonial eras up until WWI and the Interwar period are my favourite areas of inspiration. Aww who am I kidding, WW2 is also very interesting to read up on as well.

My drawn art is mix of dieselpunk military, real world history, characters from my fictional scenario, fantasy characters and fan art of whatever is on my mind at the time.

Besides that I design and build papercraft models using 3D data from games. I've worked on a whole bunch over the years from games on the N64, GC/Wii and PC. The templates are freely distributed in my gallery or over on my old blog. If you ever build any I'm always thrilled to see any pictures you might have! If you have any questions or need help, just ask through a comment or note!

Find me on Steam, the Wii U, and (rarely) Origin, as XenonRay.

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